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Hubert Vogelmann Papers

Identifier: RG-074-001

Scope and Content Note

The Hubert Vogelmann Papers were arranged into series consistent with categories determined by Vogelmann. The articles within the Acid Rain series include applications for funding of projects that later appear as articles. Clippings include those focused on Vogelmann as well as environmental topics more broadly. The record of media coverage exists in print and video formats. Research is the heading for scholarly articles written by anyone other than Vogelmann, including University of Vermont colleagues. Consulting work consisted of assessing the unique nature of environmental communities and includes correspondence with program administrators or clients, handwritten notes, and final reports. The Correspondence series is rather small but similar material can be found in the Subject series and with Community Organizations. Community environmental groups are presented under the heading Environmental Organizations. Vogelmann served on multiple boards. The Jericho series mainly relates to a development proposed in 1986. The notebooks series provides a very complete autobiographical record of Vogelmann's life and work. Presented in a mix of formats (photos, slides, negatives, letters, clippings, articles, etc.), they are all meticulously annotated and interrelate to the more topically ordered material in the rest of the collection. Note that the notebooks were assembled later with the aim of documenting Vogelmann's work; therefore, they differ from the field notebooks with the acid rain material which contain notes made during periods of active research work. The Subject series is arranged alphabetically. In the Teaching series, lecture material includes handwritten lecture notes, syllabi, tests (both blank and with answer keys), lab data, etc. Material related to the Field Naturalist Program can be found in the Teaching series as well as with the Conservation Fund papers related to McConnell Pond as the area was a field site for student projects.


  • 1952-2006



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from archives must be submitted in writing to the University Archivist.

Biographical Note

Hubert "Hub" Vogelmann was born in Buffalo, New York in 1928. He received a B.S. from Heidelberg College in 1950, then a M.S. (1951) and Ph.D. (1955) from the University of Michigan in Plant Ecology. He next studied arctic environments under McGill University in the Knob Lake area of Quebec. He moved to Vermont in 1955 to begin his 36-year tenure as a professor at the University of Vermont, serving 16 years as Chair of the Botany Department. In 1983 he established the Field Naturalist Program at UVM. During this time he pioneered Acid Rain research by studying its effects on Camel's Hump. He is credited with bringing national attention to the acid rain problem which was recognized in amendments to the 1990 Clean Air Act which sought to curb industrial pollution. In 2000, he was honored by the dedication of the Hub Vogelmann Research Natural Area at Camel's Hump State Park. Hub also led conservation efforts to preserve Vermont's ridgelines and mountaintops, contributing to the creation of Vermont's Act 250, a landmark law that has preserved Vermont's scenic quality. An important figure in the community, Vogelmann was a founder of the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and also founded The Conservation Fund. He served the Conservation Research Foundation, Forest Resources Advisory Council, Shelburne Farms, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and the Governor's Advisory Board under Governor Howard Dean. Hub was inducted as a Fellow of Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences (1987), and he received numerous other awards such as the prestigious Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1983); being named Vermonter of the Year by the Sunday Rutland Herald and the Sunday Times Argus (1985); receiving an honorary degree from the University of Vermont (2006); receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Research on Vermont (2009); and the Vermont Natural Resources Council's Peter Zilliacus Award (2010) for environmental citizenship. Dr. Hubert "Hub" Vogelmann died in 2013. The Vogelmann family includes wife Marie (d. 1999) and sons Andy, Jim, and Tom. Tom was named Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UVM in 2001. [adapted from obituary]


50 Linear Feet (35 box albums, 10 cartons, 5 boxes, 1 oversize box)

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These papers document Dr. Hubert Vogelmann's field work, scholarship, and teaching in the realms of botany and acid rain research. He was an important figure in demonstrating forest decline due to acid rain, especially on Camel's Hump in Vermont.


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Deaccessioned Material

Student records, including class lists and graded work, were removed from the collection. Personnel records and documents from the Office of Development were also removed for privacy reasons.

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Part of the University of Vermont Archives Repository

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